ARLINGTON, TX (11/09/2014) — 38-year-old Eldrick Westbrook has been charged with multiple counts of intoxication manslaughter following an early Sunday morning car accident which claimed the lives of three women, Alejandro Alvarado, Maria Alexandra Rodriguez and Martha Perez.
UPDATE: On Wednesday, November 12th, 26-year-old Martha Perez died from her injuries at Medical Center of Arlington.
According to reports, Eldrick Westbrook was traveling southbound on Matlock Road in his silver Dodge Avenger, when according to witnesses, he ran a red light and struck a blue Chevy Malibu which was heading westbound on the Interstate 20 service road at around 2:00 a.m. (near the Arlington Highlands). The accident caused the second vehicle to spin and strike a light pole at the intersection.
One woman died at the scene of the crash, one died at a hospital shortly after. The female driver, 26-year-old Martha Perez, was hospitalized in critical condition. She succumbed to her injuries on November 12th. A male passenger in his 20s was also taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for injuries described as non-life-threatening. The three deceased victims were identified as 19-year-old Maria Alexandra Rodriguez, 26-year-old Alejandro Alvarado, and 26-year-old Martha Perez.
Westbrook was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and released. He was subsequently booked into the Arlington City Jail on two counts of intoxication manslaughter. More charges are likely to be filed now that a third victim has died. Police say Westbrook’s speech was slurred, and that open alcohol containers were found inside his vehicle.